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04-27-2017, 08:07 PM
Homestand Begins With Fellow Champ Saint Mary's

Zags and Gaels begin series Friday at 6:00 p.m.

April 27, 2017

Gonzaga Notes (http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/gonz/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2016-17/release/release_20170428aaa.pdf) | Saint Mary's Notes (http://www.smcgaels.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=21400&ATCLID=211575288)...


The Bulldogs kept their hot streak alive against Washington State, claiming a 7-3 win and the season series against their closest rival...the Bulldogs scored in each of the final three innings, answering two Cougar runs in the sixth...RHP Daniel Bies pitched another gem, not allowing a hit until two down in the fifth, and 1B Nick Brooks went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a home run, his second of the year.


Gonzaga received its first national ranking since the second week of the season on Monday by entering Collegiate Baseball’s poll at No. 19...it’s the highest ranking of the season for the Bulldogs and first time the program has been ranked in the teens by any outlet since 2009.

The Bulldogs are 16-19 all-time when ranked nationally...the last season they were ranked, 2013, they went 5-4 with wins over BYU, Pepperdine, and Washington State.


Gonzaga enters the series tied atop the WCC standings with Loyola Marymount at 14-4...they’re a game ahead of San Diego and a game and a half above BYU...Saint Mary’s is fifth in the league at 9-6, 3.5 games out of first...Pepperdine is in sixth with a 6-9 record, 6.5 games off the pace.

The Zags have yet to face Loyola Marymount or BYU, but those series will take place at home in May...the Zags hold a tiebreaker over San Diego due to a series win against the Toreros earlier in the month.


GU’s win at Washington State was the Bulldogs’ eighth consecutive victory, matching last season’s longest streak...seven of those eight wins have come on the road, and the Zags have trailed in six of them.

The current eight-game win streak is tied for the fifth longest since 2000...the longest is an 11-game streak from March 30 to April 21, 2013...GU also has streaks of 10, nine, nine, and eight in the new millennium.

During the win streak, Gonzaga has scored seven runs or more seven times...the Bulldogs achieved this feat only eight times in the first 31 games before the streak started.


This series will be the Zags’ first time playing against BYU or Saint Mary’s, last season’s other two co-conference champions...BYU swept Saint Mary’s in a three game series in Provo, Utah, at the end of March.

Gonzaga holds a 51-31 edge in the all-time series against the Gaels (since 1970)…under Coach Machtolf, Gonzaga is 30-17...Saint Mary’s enters the series with a 26-14 record, 9-6 in WCC play.

The Gaels are led at the plate by freshman Kevin Milam and redshirt sophomore Edward Haus, both batting above .300...Haus earned his second WCC Player of the Week award this season last week after hitting .500 and scoring seven runs in a four-game series against Pacific...Milam leads Saint Mary’s in home runs, RBIs and slugging percentage.

Senior lefty Johnny York shoulders much of the pitching load for the Gaels, tossing 59.1 innings in 10 starts...York has struck out 37 batters while walking just nine in a team-high 232 at bats... freshman Kevin Milam also leads the Gaels in pitching appearances, earning nine saves in 17 trips to the mound...Milam has allowed just four earned runs in 23.1 innings of work.


Junior RHP Eli Morgan has been, well, filthy this season...he struck out 15 batters at Portland last Friday night, becoming just the second pitcher in Division I this season with multiple 15-K outings (also: JP Sears from The Citadel with three)...he’s fanned 95 batters already this season, tying him for third-most in the NCAA and just five shy of the Zags’ top-10 list for Ks in a season.

The Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., native, has earned five Rawlings WCC Pitcher of the Week awards, has thrice been named a National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball, and has picked up two Perfect Game Pitcher of the Week awards...a couple weeks ago, he was added to the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list, and he’s twice been nominated for USA Baseball’s Gold Standard Performance of the Week.


On the year, Zag relievers have combined for a 2.80 ERA in 119.0 innings of work...they’ve posted a collective 8-4 record and saved 13 games...six of the nine relievers used have an ERA under 3.00 in relief outings, and eight have a batting average against lower than .300...the Zag relievers have allowed just 11 of 29 inherited runners to score.

Sam Hellinger, Calvin LeBrun, and Wyatt Mills have combined to throw 91.0 of those innings (76.5 %), with LeBrun leading the way at 35.0 frames in relief...Mills leads the team with eight saves while LeBrun and Hellinger have added three and two, respectively.


Junior RHP Eli Morgan, Friday night’s starter, is coming off a brilliant 8.0 shutout innings at Portland last week...he allowed just three hits in all while striking out 15 batters and walking only two...all his awards for the outing are listed above, but it was also Morgan’s seventh start in which he allowed one or fewer runs...he’s given up just five or fewer hits seven times as well, and he has four games of 12 or more strikeouts...Morgan is a perfect 14-0 in his career during WCC play, posting a 1.39 ERA while striking out 146 and walking 30 in 23 appearances and 142.1 innings.

Vernia is coming off his seventh quality start of the season last Saturday, allowing three runs striking out six in 6.2 innings at Portland...the Issaquah, Wash., native stranded six Pilots on base, five of them in scoring position...a senior, Vernia has served as a second ace for the Zags, going 5-2 with a 2.55 ERA, good for sixth in the WCC,...he’s also among the top three in innings pitched (67, third) and WHIP (1.09, fifth)...from March 11 at CSU Fullerton to April 1 at Pepperdine, Vernia posted a stretch of 23.0 innings without an earned run...he hasn’t walked more than two batters in any start this season, and he’s set career highs with nine strikeouts (March 18 vs. Pacific) and nine innings pitched (March 25 vs. San Francisco).

Sunday’s starter hasn’t been announced yet, but there are plenty of options...four other Zags have started a game this season for GU: RHP Casey Legumina (7), RHP Daniel Bies (6), LHP Mac Lardner (5), and LHP Calvin LeBrun (1)...Legumina pitched into the third inning last Sunday at Portland...Bies threw six innings of two-run ball last Tuesday at Washington State...Lardner has also started a WCC game this year...

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/042717aaa.html)

04-28-2017, 08:46 PM
In the opening game of the weekend series, St. Mary's defeats Gonzaga 7-3...

The Gaels had 13 hits in their victory...The Zags struck out 17 Gaels tonight...

Eli Morgan took the loss tonight for Gonzaga...



04-29-2017, 08:13 AM
Win Streak Ends as Saint Mary’s Takes Game One

Morgan fans 12 but allows seven runs in 7-3 loss

April 28, 2017

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon40.html)

SPOKANE, Wash.—The No. 19 Gonzaga baseball team’s win streak ended at eight games Friday night as the Zags fell 7-3 to Saint Mary’s during game one of a key West Coast Conference series at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field.

The Gaels broke up a scoreless game in the fourth, scoring three runs on four hits, all singles off GU starter Eli Morgan. Right fielder Joe Vranesh drove in the first run with a knock through the right side, and Joey Fiske added two more two batters later with an infield base hit.

Saint Mary’s added two more in the fifth, but the Bulldogs got those back in their half of the inning. Redshirt senior catcher Jake Roberts led the rallying effort with a one-out home run to left field, and the Bulldogs continued with three straight singles, Tyler Frost’s smash up the middle driving in a run. After the Gaels made a pitching change, Jeff Bohling was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Nick Brooks flew out to right field to end the rally.

After a scoreless sixth, the Gaels extended their lead to 7-2 in the seventh, finally chasing Morgan in the process. The junior from Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., fanned Kevin Milam to begin the frame, but a single and a walk were it for Morgan, who then left the game in favor of southpaw Calvin LeBrun. Saint Mary’s’ Austin Chauvin greeted the junior with a double down the left field line, plating the two runners. LeBrun then got a strikeout and a groundout to end the inning.

The Zags scored one more in the eighth with a solo home run from Gunnar Schubert, the first of his Bulldog career. That was all, though, as the Gaels held on for the 7-3 win to begin the series.

Morgan took the loss, his second of the season, while Saint Mary’s reliever Ty Madrigal earned the win after escaping a two-on, one-out jam in the fifth. Ken Waldichuck, who entered the game in the sixth and finished it off, picked up the save.

Bulldog Bites:

The loss snaps Gonzaga’s eight-game win streak, which started April 13. The streak matches last season’s longest stretch, and it was one of six win streaks of eight games or longer since 2006.

Morgan struck out 12 batters Friday night, his fifth game of 12 strikeouts or more this season. He’s at 107 on the year, already tied for the seventh-most by a Bulldog pitcher in a single campaign. That’s also equal to his strikeout total last year, and Ryan Carpenter joins Morgan in that tie for seventh with 107 Ks in 2011. Between Morgan and LeBrun, the Zags struck out a season-high 17 batters Friday night.

Morgan suffered the first loss of his career in West Coast Conference play. He had entered the game 14-0 against WCC foes in the regular season. The Gaels, however, did beat Morgan last year at the WCC Championships, but that was a postseason game and not considered conference play.

The Zags are still tied atop the WCC standings at 14-5 along with Loyola Marymount, and San Diego joins that deadlock after the Toreros beat LMU Friday night. Those three teams are a half-game ahead of No. 4 BYU. Saint Mary’s is fifth in the conference at 10-6 in WCC play. The top four ballclubs will compete at the WCC Championships after the regular season...

Next Up:

Gonzaga (25-15, 14-5 WCC) and Saint Mary’s (27-14, 10-6 WCC) continue the three-game series on Saturday, April 29, with a 3:00 p.m. contest at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field. The Zags turn to senior right-handed pitcher Justin Vernia, while the Gaels will send out fellow righty Conner Loeprich.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/042817aaa.html)

04-29-2017, 06:38 PM
In the second game of the weekend series, St. Mary's defeats Gonzaga 9-8 in 10 innings...

Zags gave up 17 hits to the Gaels...

Wyatt Mills took the lose for Gonzaga...



04-29-2017, 08:18 PM
Zags Fall in Wild Game Two of Series

Four tie scores, three lead changes in 10-inning loss

April 29, 2017

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon41.html)

SPOKANE, Wash.—In a game of tie scores and momentum swings, Saint Mary’s got the last say as the Gonzaga baseball squad fell 9-8 in 10 innings to the Gaels Saturday afternoon at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field.

Despite starting as a slugfest, the game turned into a pitching battle between closers Wyatt Mills and Kevin Milam in the final few innings. Milam took over in the fifth for Saint Mary’s, while Mills inherited a tie game in the seventh for the Bulldogs. After the teams went scoreless in the final three innings of regulation, the Gaels jumped ahead with a run on two hits in the 10th, getting the winning tally on a single from Milam. He began the game as the designated hitter before assuming pitching duties halfway through.

In the bottom of the 10th, Jake Roberts dropped a two-out single into center field to try and spur another Zag rally, but it wasn’t enough as Sam Brown grounded out to first base to end the game.

Until that additional inning, both teams matched each other’s move as there were four tie scores and each club held at least one lead. The Gaels opened scoring with a first-inning run, but Gonzaga countered with a solo home run from Tyler Frost in the bottom of the frame. After a scoreless second, the Gaels posted a crooked number in the top of the third, scoring five runs off GU starter Justin Vernia. They tallied five hits in the frame, including back-to-back home runs from Zach Kirtley and Milam.

The Zags punched right back, putting up a five-spot of their own in the bottom half of the third. Jake Roberts led off with a home run to left field, and four of the next five Zag batters singled, with Justin Jacobs and Jeff Bohling driving in a run. That hit parade chased Gaels starter Conner Loeprich from the game, and Daniel Fredrickson greeted reliever Cameron Neff with a triple down the right field line, allowing two more Bulldogs to score and tying the game at 6-6.

Gonzaga took the lead in the fourth with another RBI single from Jacobs, but the Gaels got that back in the fifth with a solo homer from Jackson Thoreson. In the next inning, Saint Mary’s took its third lead of the game at 8-7 when a balk from Gonzaga reliever Sam Hellinger advanced a runner home. In the bottom of the sixth, however, Brown tied the game once more after scoring on a wild pitch.

Bulldog Bites:

Despite taking the loss, his second of the season, Mills saw a strong outing from the bullpen. The senior from Spokane struck out a season-high seven batters in 4.0 innings and was one out away from equaling his longest outing of the campaign. Mills didn’t walk anyone, extending his strikeout/walk ratio to 42/4 on the year, and he pushed his strikeouts per nine ratio to 13.5, the highest on the squad. Despite being seventh on the team in innings pitched, Mills’ 42 Ks are the third most.

The Bulldogs hit multiple home runs for the sixth time this season and second time in the series.

After also hitting two April 28, this is the first time they’ve posted multiple home runs in back-to-back games in 2017. Roberts has homered in each game against the Gaels and now has four on the season. Frost, meanwhile, hit his career-best eighth four-bagger of the year and first since April 1st at Pepperdine (15 games).

Saint Mary’s and Gonzaga combined for 17 runs on 31 hits Saturday. Both are the second-highest figures for games involving the Zags this season. Seven of both teams’ starters delivered at least one hit, with Milam leading the way at five. Both Frost and Roberts collected three to pace Gonzaga and equal their season highs...

Next Up:

The Bulldogs (25-16, 14-6 WCC) and Gaels (28-14, 11-6 WCC) will close out the series on Sunday, April 30, with one final game at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field. RHP Jake Valdez will earn the nod for Saint Mary’s. Gonzaga has yet to announce a starter.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/042917aaa.html)

04-30-2017, 03:28 PM
This afternoon, Gonzaga comes from behind, first scoring a run in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game and then scoring a run in the bottom of the 10th, to win the game 12-11...

Zags improve their record to 26-16 overall and to 15-6 in the WCC...Zags currently trail both LMU and BYU in the WCC standings...

Gonzaga got to St. Mary's pitching for 14 hits and 9 base on balls in the game...Sam Brown led the Zags with 5 hits...Gonzaga batters had a grand slam and two 3-run home runs to account for 10 of their 12 total runs...

The Gaels continued to hit well with 16 hits today and a total of 46 hits in the 3 games series...

Daniel Bies got the win for the Zags by pitching 5 innings of scoreless relief...



04-30-2017, 07:17 PM
Zags Walk Off to End Thrilling Series Finale

VanDeBrake’s 10th-inning single gives Gonzaga a 12-11 victory

April 30, 2017

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon42.html)

SPOKANE, Wash.—In another wild extra-innings game, the Gonzaga baseball team salvaged a win Sunday against Saint Mary’s, downing the Gaels 12-11 in 10 innings at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field.

Down 11-10 entering the bottom of the ninth, the Bulldogs rallied to tie the game, turning a Jake Vieth leadoff single into the necessary tying run. After pinch runner Branson Trube worked his way to third base, Sam Brown evened the contest with a single up the middle.

In the top of the 10th, Gonzaga reliever Daniel Bies retired the Gaels in order, giving the Zags another shot at a walkoff in the bottom of the frame. Second baseman Justin Jacobs drew a walk to begin the inning, and he moved over on a sacrifice bunt. After the bunt, Jace VanDeBrake ripped a single up the middle, allowing Jacobs to dash home for the 12-11 victory.

It was a tale of two games as the vast majority of the scoring happened early on; only Gonzaga’s final two runs came after the fifth. The Gaels began the day with a pair of scores in the first, but the Bulldogs got those back and much more with two swings of the bat. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the frame, Jacobs, Gonzaga’s cleanup hitter, homered to right center for a grand slam. Four batters later, catcher Jake Roberts homered out to left field scoring three more for an early 7-2 advantage.

The Gaels countered with two runs in the second and another in the third, pulling within two at 7-5, but the Bulldogs again used the long ball to re-extend their lead. Roberts drew a one-out walk for a base runner in the bottom half of the third, and Brown joined him on the bags after another knock to left field. Freshman designated hitter Troy Johnston then hit a blast out to left, putting Gonzaga ahead 10-5.

After Johnston’s blast, however, Saint Mary’s would not go away. The Gaels scored four in the fourth off reliever Sam Hellinger, tallying three hits and benefiting from one costly Bulldog error. Then, in the fifth, the Gaels took a lead on a two-run home run from Zach Kirtley, both runs being unearned as the Zags should have been out of the frame but for another defensive miscue.

After the fifth, however, both bullpens kept the game at the 11-10 scoreline until the ninth. Drew Strotman, who entered in the fourth inning for Saint Mary’s, kept the Zags off the scoreboard until Brown’s game-tying hit in the ninth, and Ken Waldichuk gave up the game-winning hit in extras. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, saw five shutout innings from Bies, who entered the game to begin the sixth inning. A redshirt sophomore from Woodinville, Wash., Bies scattered five hits for the win, his fourth of the year and the first of his career against a West Coast Conference foe.

Bulldog Bites:

Brown went 5-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored Sunday, becoming the first Zag in five years to tally five hits in a game. He also moved into the Zags’ top 10 in career hits, ending the game alone in seventh with 232. The redshirt senior from Mill Creek, Wash., is already just two hits away from a top five spot on the career hits list.

The Zags hit seven home runs during the three-game series against Saint Mary’s. That’s the third-most since game-by-game records are first available starting in 2008. They also hit seven home runs in three games at Utah Valley in 2010 and eight home runs in two at Texas Tech that same year. Three of GU’s homers against the Gaels came Sunday, a season high.

Roberts homered in all three games of the series, boosting his yearly total to five. He also extended his on-base streak to 13 games. During that 13-game stretch, Roberts leads the team with a .467 average, 21 hits, seven extra-base hits, 16 runs scored, and 15 RBIs.

With the win, the Zags (15-6 WCC) kept a hold on third place in the conference standings. They’re now a whole game behind Loyola Marymount in first and a half-game behind BYU in second. San Diego is fourth at 14-7, and the Bulldogs own a tiebreaker with the Toreros by virtue of winning the series between the two clubs in April. Saint Mary’s is in fifth at 11-7, one and a half games shy of San Diego...

Next Up:

The Zags (26-16, 15-6 WCC) will be off next weekend for their bye in WCC play. They’ll next be in action Friday, May 12, against Loyola Marymount. That game, the first of three against the Lions, will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/043017aaa.html)

04-30-2017, 07:29 PM